June 03, 2008 GMT
15. Lassen Volcanic National Park

A Fairy Tale setting but the reality on a bike was Freezing, Foggy, and Wet,


I left Lake Tahoe early, great ride through the mountains, no traffic, overcast and cold with the altitude between 1200 (4000') and 1800m (6000') until I got to Chester which is at the base of the Lassen Park.
It started to drizzle so I stopped to waterproof myself further and fill up with fuel and give my rear end a break.
The road started to ascend steadily and kept ascending and it got colder and the roads got wetter and more winding and then the fog joined in to add to the excitement.
The whole place looked like something out of a fairy tale, if anyone ever offers you a job in a fairy tale, say No.
My hands started to freeze up so I stopped and took my gloves off a couple of times to take some pictures, clever, as you can imagine these stops lasted about 30 seconds, this was at 2100m (7000') when I did not actually think the road was going to go any higher. It did all the way to 2594m (8512') and the fog got to the point where all I could do was follow the double yellow lines in the middle of the road.
By now my fingers were numb and the GPS said we were descending slowly, nice, after that it was defrost all the way to Redding where I could lie down and enjoy my sore throat and flu.
A new experience that I will not forget in a hurry.

The route from Lake Tahoe to Redding
Lassen NP is the green bit at the top
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In 3D
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A break in the fog
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I did say there was Fog
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Posted by Chris Desmond at June 03, 2008 03:27 PM GMT
 
 

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